A Center of Biomedical Research Excellence

The Vermont Lung Center (VLC), a Program on Lung Biology and Disease, has been in existence at the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at the University of Vermont since 1972. It has had a rich and productive past that has had a significant impact nationally. The current program centers around a COBRE award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the NIH. The keystone to the VLC program is translational research. The goals of the VLC are to investigate the mechanisms of lung biology and disease, and to train and retain outstanding translational scientists at UVM. Our key product is excellence.


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Research Training

The VLC has been established as a regional focal point for education. A series of education programs are being offered that target a varied audience including patients, parents/guardians of patients, health care professionals, the academic community, and the general public.

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Clinical Trials

Care of patients with lung disease presents a number of unique problems for optimal healthcare delivery, particularly in the rural setting of Vermont. Our goal is to establish the Lung Center as the regional point of expertise, referral and quality patient care.

VT Lung Center in the News

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  • Kaminsky Comments in USA Today Article on Smoking Marijuana vs. Cigarettes
    November 15, 2022 by Lucy Gardner Carson
    (NOVEMBER 15, 2022) In a USA Today article on a new study suggesting that smoking marijuana may do more damage to lungs than cigarettes, pulmonary and critical care physician David Kaminsky, M.D., professor of medicine (who is unaffiliated with the study), commented, “It’s no surprise to me. A burning leaf is a burning leaf ... the lung doesn’t know the difference if it’s tobacco or marijuana.”
    Read full story at USA Today